Top 10 places to visit in the Dolomites

  • 1. Passo Principe
  • 2. Lake Antermoia
  • 3. Tre Cimme
  • 4. Seceda.
  • 5. Lungkofel
  • 6. Mazzin Valley (Fassa Valley)
  • 7. Lago de Braise
  • 8. Lago Dobiacco
  • 9. Lago Mizurina
  • 10. Marmolada

Lago di Mizurina & Cortina D’ampezzo

Lake Misurina is the largest natural lake of the Cadore and it is 1,754 m above sea level, near Auronzo di Cadore (Belluno). Lake Misurina is where the speed skating events were held during the 1956 Winter Olympics of Cortina d’Ampezzo – the last time Olympic speed skating events were held on natural ice. The lake is only abour 30 min away from Tre Cime by bus, so it’s a must see if you are visiting the Dolomites.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo – The best of the DOLIMITES

Tre Cime is one of the Dolomites’ iconic hikes with the three massive rocky cliffs surrounded by amazing panoramic views

This is a relatively easy hike, its great for a family hike also, if you are planning to go with kids.

The entire loop is 10 km long, mostly flat and it takes around 6-7 hours to complete with stops for pictures and lunch at the refuge.

The trail starts at Rifugio Auronzo and after a 45min walk you reach Rifugio Lavaredo. During this section of the hike, the massive spikes of Tre Cime loom over you and makes Rifugio Lavaredo seem.

This is were you can also find the WW1 tunnels which connects you with the Tre Cimme reffuge at roughly about 1.5h away.

It’s an epic hike and totally recomand it for anyone who is planning to visit the Dolomites.

Dobbiaco | Lungkofel 2280m

Epic mountain trail from Lago di Dobbiaco | Lungkofel 2280m

Together with Sarlkofel / Monte Serla Lungkofel / Monte Lungo forms the north-easternmost bastion of the Prags / Braies Dolomites. The two mountains are connected by a short ridge, the lowest point of which, Sarlsattel, offers the best ascent route to either summit. Both mountains are famed for their views but nevertheless see only few ascents, if compared to their mighty neighbour, Dürrenstein / Picco di Vallandro in the south. Though the mountains are much lower their ascent routes are longer with more elevation gain to scale.

Lungkofel / Monte Lungo is somewhat hidden from view. While its neighbours tower above Pustertal / Val Pusteria or Höhlensteintal / Val Landro our summit rises above the meadows of Bad Altprags / Bagni di Braies, inside the Prags / Braies Dolomites. Its west face is a sheer, 700m limestone affair, rising like a sentinel above the easy ski runs of the area. North and south faces are also very steep and only to the east does the mountain connect with the aforementioned Sarlattel. The summit appears like a pulpit, high above the valleys of the area.

Lungkofel / Monte Lungo is often climbed together with the higher Sarlkofel / Monte Serla, but only as an afterthought if time allows. However, a visit to the summit offers wonderful views of the Prags / Braies and Sexten / Sesto Dolomites with the glaciated mountains of the Zillertal Alps and Hohe Tauern shining across Pustertal / Val Pusteria from afar.

LAGO DI BRAIES – The best of the DOLOMITES

Lake Braies is a lake in the Prags Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy. It belongs to the municipality of Prags which is located in the Prags valley. During World War II it was the scene of the transport of concentration camp inmates to Tyrol.

SECEDA – 2500m | The best of the DOLIMITES

SECEDA – The craziest mountain ridge I have seen so far. It is out of this world.
The Alpe di Seceda is located on the sunny side of Val Gardena, at the foot of the Parco Naturale Cisles-Odle (nature reserve), and represents an ideal base for hikes and climbing tours.

From the Seceda summit you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Dolomites and of all the mountains in South Tyrol – from Ortles to Großglockner (Austria).

 

Snowfall in August – Marmolada – Italy

We have arrived later in the evening to the base of Marmolada and we booked a room in Marmolada Refuge at 2000m altitude. We set down at the table to have a warm meal. We found great food once again, just to discover that this cook was Romanian too.

We asked advice from the owner of the place to understand the best way to climb Marmolada. He was really kind and gave us a map for free, showed us the trail, from where to book all the gear we needed in order to achieve our goal.

We were really pumped up for this one.

Went to sleep early to wake up early in order to follow the plan.

In the morning, big surprise. There was a 10cm snow outside and a -5C – whaaat? this is insane! It is August – how is this possible? We were not prepared to continue the journey, I only had short pants with me and a few trousers which were already soaked wet. At the base we got -5C but on the summit it was -23C.

Decided to roam around in the snow a little bit and take the first buss to Verona and enjoy a bit more sun before the we end our trip in Italy.

Stunning landscapes from Antermoia to Mazzin

Originally we thought about spending one day hiking from Refuge Vajolet till Antermoia and descend the following day, but we have arrived quite early to Refuge Antermoia and decided to continue descending in the same day to Mazzin – a town at the base of the Dolomite’s and go to Marmolada. Spend the night at the base and the second day to do the summit 3343m.

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This means about a 5h journey to the one of the refuge on Marmolada, stay over night there and the following day early in the morning to walk up via ferrata.  It sounded like a perfect plan!

We started descending from Antermoia to the town and only after 30-40 min walk the gray cliffs and rocks changed into beautiful green fields and joyful marmot sounds. The marmots are the cutest things I have ever seen, they ran away from us up the hill, barely dragging their fat rear.

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The journey down to the town shortly became never ending – it took us approximately 3 to 4 hours to the base. We walked down through a beautiful valley which might be the most incredible thing I have experience in my hikes. A really cool river stream flowing down the pathway, strong green vegetation everywhere you looked, mind-blowing mountain peaks in the far distance and really cool caves.

Once we finally arrived to Mazzin it started to rain, so I think it was a good decision to walk down from the mountains as soon as possible.

Next Stop – Marmolada.

Fassa Valley – The Dolomites

Fassa Valley – The beginning of our journey to the Dolomites. After a good night sleep at Mariannas house we woke up early in the morning to do some shopping for our trip and hit the road from Trento to Fassa Valley.

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After a few hours journey we arrived around 12 pm to Fassa Valley. We are only at the base of the mountains at around 1400m altitude yet the view is already amazing. The plan is to have a quick stop and have something to eat and then see weather we will go up to Campedie refuge by foot or take the cable car.

While we were eating it started to rain, so we decided to take the cable-car up to the refuge.

Campedie refuge – 2000m altitude. 

Walking through the forest of Vajolet we see some amazing views over the cliffs of the Dolomites. The rain is keeping up and by the time we got to the refuge Gardecia we were soaked wet.

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We stopped for a quick brake to have a tea and warm up. In the meantime the rain stopped, so we took advantage of it and quickly went up to refuge Vajolet at 2240m. As high as we get the more difficult it gets, the rain is getting worst and worst, but after a few hours we arrive to the refuge and seek for a warm room to rest and warm up.

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The rain created beautiful waterfalls falling off the cliffs and small streams flowing down the walking paths.

We found a tiny double bed room and a hot shower, all we needed.

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